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Kingsley Ong, Partner

Kingsley Ong

Partner

Languages

English and Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Teochew)

Practice areas

  • Banking and finance
  • Corporate
  • Derivatives
  • Financial institutions
  • Financial services and markets regulation
  • International arbitration
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Practice notes

Kingsley Ong is a Partner specialising in all types of Financing and Debt Restructuring (including related Arbitration and Dispute Resolution). He leads the firm’s DCM, Derivatives, Structured Finance, Securitisation, Restructuring and Insolvency practices in Asia.

Kingsley is a Hong Kong Notary Public, a Hong Kong Solicitor, a Barrister and Solicitor-Advocate of England & Wales, and an Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore. He is also a FCIArb (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).

Kingsley is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of The University of Hong Kong. His published opinions have been cited as legal authority in the US Court (Lehman Brothers Special Finance vs Bank of New York, 2010), the Hong Kong Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and leading textbooks.

In 2015, he was appointed to the Professional Working Group advising the HKMA (Hong Kong Monetary Authority) on policies to position Hong Kong as a leading Corporate Treasury Centre. The new CTC Policy became law in May 2016.

In May 2016, Kingsley served as a Hong Kong law Expert Witness before the US Bankruptcy Court (District of New Jersey), in connection with a landmark US litigation where the recognition of Hong Kong liquidators appointed under Hong Kong’s voluntary liquidation regime was being disputed.

Independent legal directories have consistently recommended Kingsley as a Leading Lawyer for Derivatives, Restructuring & Insolvency, Structured Finance, Securitisation. He is the only lawyer in Asia ranked in all these categories:

  • “Revered by clients for his ability to advise on complex financial structures.” – Chambers (2017)
  • “Stands out in particular in relation to his expertise in derivatives and structured finance.” – Chambers (2016)
  • “Clients point to Kingsley Ong’s Chinese language skills and clear communication ability as being a major strength.” – Chambers (2016)
  • “Kingsley Ong is able to offer beyond what we expect from an ordinary insolvency lawyer – he always thinks a few steps ahead and presents real solutions.” – Chambers (2015)
  • “Extremely knowledgeable... first port of call for transactions involving complex securities and financial instruments.” – Legal 500 (2013)
  • “[Kingsley] Ong has top-tier finance capability.” – Legal 500 (2012)
  • “Kingsley is a trusted advisor… It’s critical that his insight is embedded in our team.” – IFLR 1000 (2012)
  • “Very unique and rare expertise.” – Legal 500 (2012)
  • “Well-liked by our entire team, mainly for his strong level of knowledge, commercial sense and responsiveness.” – Chambers (2013)
  • “[Kingsley] Ong’s clients, both longstanding and new, have praised his ability to handle the most sophisticated transactions on the market.” – IFLR 1000 (2013)

Kingsley has acted on behalf of arrangers, borrowers, collateral managers, enhancement providers, finance leasing companies, investors, issuers, lenders, liquidators, liquidity providers, originators, rating agencies, servicers, sponsors, swap counterparties, trustees, and underwriters.

His recent award winning transactions include:

  • DBS Covered Bond Programme (2015): winner of 3 industry awards “IFLR Securitisation Deal of the Year”; “IFR Asia-Pacific Securitisation Deal of the Year”; “Asian-Mena Counsel Securitisation Deal of the Year”
  • BMW Financial Services ABS (2013): winner of the “IFLR Securitisation Deal of the Year"
  • New World China Land (2012): the largest corporate “dim sum” bond issuance in history
  • Silver Oak CMBS (2011): winner of the “IFR Asia-Pacific Securitisation Deal of the Year”

Kingsley also leads the firm’s work for three of the “largest and most high-profile insolvencies of recent times, namely Lehman Brothers, MF Global and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP” (Legal 500, 2014).

Under his stewardship:

  • Eversheds is shortlisted as a finalist for the award of “Insolvency and Restructuring Law Firm of the Year 2016” by Asian Legal Business (ALB)
  • “[Eversheds] advised on over 80% of all rated securitisation transactions in Asia across jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, India, Korea and Singapore.” – IFLR 1000 (2015)
  • Eversheds’ Derivatives practice became recognised as among Asia’s top 5 at the GlobalCapital Derivatives Week magazine’s “Asia-Pacific Law Firm of the Year 2014” Award.
  • Eversheds won the “China Business Law Journal Award 2014” for Restructuring and Insolvency.
  • Eversheds was named as “one of the leading international law firms for India work” in 2016 by India Business Law Journal.

Kingsley has published widely on the subject at leading refereed academic journals (including ICLQ, HKLJ, CMLJ) and reference books. His recent publications include:

  • General Editor, “The Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622): Commentary & Annotations” (2017 Edition), Sweet & Maxwell.
  • “Chitty on Contracts: Hong Kong Specific Contracts (5th Edition)”, Sweet & Maxwell, October 2016.
  • “The influence of public law on the development of China Securitisation”, (2015) Capital Markets Law Journal.
  • “From ISDA to NAFMII: Insolvency Stalemate and PRC Bankruptcy Jurisprudence”, (2013) Capital Markets Law Journal
  • “Repos & Securities Lending: The Accounting Arbitrage and its Role in the Global Financial Crisis”, (2011) Capital Markets Law Journal.
  • “The ISDA Master Agreement: Insolvency Stalemate and Endgame Solutions for Hong Kong Liquidators”, (2010) Hong Kong Law Journal.

Kingsley also serves as the Secretary-General of APSA (www.apsa-asia.com), a Senior Fellow of CFRED at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Member of the Hong Kong Law Society’s Islamic Finance Working Group, an external examiner for HKIB, and an Editorial Board Member of Lexis Nexis. He is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and trainings.

 

The Legal 500     
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